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Competition

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The Vivacious Voice ‘Dazzle them with words!’ National Lyric Writing Contest 2008 was won by Carol Mofokeng from Midrand. She won prizes worth R25 000! Click on her picture below to hear a demo clip of her winning song, “Nje na nje.”

VIVACIOUS VOICE ‘DAZZLE THEM WITH WORDS’ NATIONAL LYRIC WRITING CONTEST WINNER 2008: CAROL MOFOKENG (photographed by Anita van Zyl from IDEA EXCHANGE) 1ST PRIZE

TOTAL VALUE: R25 000

Carol Mofokeng from Johannesburg won the competition with “Nje na nje.” Read her winning lyrics HERE.

Carol travelled to Cape Town in September to do a collaborative demo recording project at Xulon Studios overseen by Universal Music Publishing, with SAMA-nominated arranger/composer Camillo Lombard while staying in a luxury hotel suite at the Cape Diamond Hotel for 3 nights.

While was in the Mother City, she had her publicity pictures taken by top photographer Anita van Zyl, which included hair styling by Scar Hair and professional make-up by MAC. Then she shopped music gear to the value of R1300 at Paul Bothner Music.

She also won a Collins Rhyming Dictionary and the ground breaking book “The South African Music Business” by Jonathan G. Shaw.

2ND PRIZE

TOTAL VALUE: R4200

Steve Peralta with “Take the time.” Read his winning lyrics HERE.

He won a Songwriter’s Toolkit ™ 8-week songwriting course worth R1800 in Cape Town, and a Vivacious Voice ™ 8-week singing course worth R1800.

He also won a voucher for music gear worth R800 from Paul Bothner Music, a Collins Rhyming Dictionary worth R130 and “The South African Music Business” guide by Jonathan G. Shaw worth R330

3RD PRIZE

TOTAL VALUE: R2400

Marié Beytell with “Afrika Vrou.” Read her winning lyrics HERE.

She won a Songwriter’s Toolkit ™ 8-week songwriting course, a voucher for music gear worth R400 from Paul Bothner Music, “The South African Music Business” guide by Jonathan G. Shaw worth R330 and a Collins Rhyming Dictionary worth R130.

THE SEVEN RUNNERS-UP

4. Cathy Donald with “Redeeming Love”
5. Richard Lubbe with “South Africa ain’t the place for me”
6. Gary Gerber with “August Twenty Three”
7. Cathy Donald with “Enraptured by your love”
8. Kerryn Rogers with “Summer”
9. Lila Bruk with “Mr. Right Now”
10. Jesssica Hewson with “Word weavers”

The 7-runners-up each got a Collins Rhyming Dictionary worth R200 each.

VALUE OF PRIZES IN TOTAL: R33 000

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THE JUDGES

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John Fishlock (Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing South Africa)

Ryan Hill (Copyright Manager, Universal Music Publishing South Africa

Camillo Lombard (pianist, composer and arranger. Nominated for a SAMA-award in 2006 for Jimmy Dludlu’s “Corners of my soul.”)

Lee Kasumba (YFM DJ and Channel O presenter. Judge on the SAMA panel for hip-hop category for 5 consecutive years)

Kobus Burger (Renowned Afrikaans journalist and critic at BEELD)

JUDGING CRITERIA

We are looking for song lyrics, not poetry or jingles. The theme of your song is entirely up to you, but bear in mind that commercial viability will be taken into account. (For an article on poetry vs lyrics, click here).

If you would like your song to win, make sure you look at the following:

Song title (original/does it stir the imagination/sell the song?)
Thematic relevance/universality (does it address/express the universal human condition?)
Credibility (Is the story/emotion believable?)
Coherence/focus (Is your idea focused? Make sure that you stick to your central idea!)
Narrative dramatic development (does it keep the listener hooked?)
Interesting/appropriate rhyme choices
Effective metre/phrasing
Skilful use of figurative language/imagery
(e.g. metaphors, similes – Google Johnny Clegg’s lyrics for good examples)
Conciseness (sticking to the point, avoiding redundancy)
Prosody (does the form follow function? E.g. does your song serve as an effective vehicle to convey the central idea?)
Originality (Is it fresh? Did you avoid clichés?)
Appropriate point of view: (first person vs third person)
Appropriate use of tense (past/present/future)

SONG FORM

Effective vehicle for story? (verse-chorus-bridge structure, AABA, or AAA)
Song length (Too short, too long?)
Appropriate for genre?
Suitable for market?

COMMERCIAL VIABILITY

Fitting within identifiable genre/niche?
Marketability (to be recorded by another artist?)
Song length (for radio play?)
Feasibility/earning potential (is there an existing market?)

GENERAL

Emotional relevance
Entertainment value
Cultural relevance (to South Africa)

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2 Comments »

  1. Awesome concept guys!!
    Will be submitting my lyrics ASAP!!
    Rock On SA Music.
    Peace and Love,
    Amy White

    Comment by Amy White | June 17, 2008 | Reply

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